The paper serves to lay out the effectiveness of school resource officer in schools from the perceptions of SRO’s themselves. There is scholarly literature assessing the effectiveness of SRO’s from the perceptions of the public and from school administrators. The paper assesses whether the presence of police in schools brings fear from students. The study found that SRO’s were overall effective at increasing the level of safety in schools, were effective at reducing all types of crimes, and spent much of their day interacting with students in a manner not related to law enforcement. Other studies found that the public and principals of schools are very supportive of SRO’s and the potential positive aspects that they bring towards the community. SRO’s were effective at developing relationships with students, building community relations with police, and reducing crimes throughout the community.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2019


Lee Ann Morrison

Department/Professional Affiliation

School of Justice Studies

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Honors Scholars


Justice Studies

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